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Giving Up A Pet

We know this is not an easy decision

At the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, we understand that the decision to surrender your pet is not an easy one. We treat each circumstance with understanding and respect.

If you want to keep your pet, but need help

We believe the best place for any pet is in a loving, committed home. Before you make the decision to surrender your pet, please consider looking at our Pet Behavior page to see if there are resources available to help you keep your pet in your home. You can also contact a kind and caring intake counselor at 520-327-6088, ext. 103 or 105.

If you would like to keep your pet, but can’t afford spay or neuter surgery, please visit our Low-cost Spay & Neuter page to find out about programs that may be able to help.

If you know you can't keep your pet

If you’ve made the decision you can no longer keep your pet, YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with an intake counselor to release your pet into our care. HSSA has these appointment times in order to:

  • Ensure the HSSA can responsibly care for each pet we take in
  • Reduce the wait period and streamline the process
  • Offer more personalized service
  • Allow our counselors to obtain important information about the pet’s needs and behaviors

Appointments are usually available within a week. Allow 15-45 minutes for your surrender appointment. We encourage all owners to provide all veterinary records for their pet, and to ensure their pet is current on vaccines before admission. This helps protect your pet from illness and allows him to find a new home more quickly.

Call 520-327-6088, ext. 103 or 105 to make an appointment.

The HSSA does collect an Animal Care Fee at the time of surrender.

What does it cost to surrender a pet?

Single Dog or Cat $45
Dog or Cat Litter (2 or more, under 6 months) $75*
All Other Pets (birds, fowl, pocket pets, etc) $15

*Fee is the same with or without mother

If you have found a stray pet

If you have found a stray, please see our Lost and Found page.

For stray pick-up in other jurisdictions, call Pima Animal Care Center at 520-724-5900.

If you live in the towns of Marana or Sahuarita

Owned or stray pets should be brought to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. If you choose to drop off a pet at Pima Animal Care Center, and you live in one of these towns, PACC will require an appointment and charge an admission fee.

Individuals with an owned or stray pet from other jurisdictions should contact Pima Animal Care Center directly, or the Humane Society of Southern Arizona may have space to accept the pet.

Please note that we are unable to pick up animals. In order for us to receive an animal, some requirements must be met. Dogs must be capable of being safely housed with other dogs. Each animal must be clear of any major medical issues such as allergies or broken bones. We schedule dental appointments a few weeks in advance to ensure that we have space available. We cannot receive any animal that is unable to be safely handled.

If you are a resident of Marana, please visit your Animal Services Division website to learn more:
www.maranaaz.gov/animal-services or call Marana Animal Services at 520-382-8020.

If you are a resident of Sahuarita, please visit your Animal Services Division website to learn more: www.sahuaritaaz.gov/animalservices or call Sahuarita Animal Services at 520-445-7877.

Where do I bring my pet?

If you need to bring a pet to HSSA for admissions, you will want to go to the green Admissions building.

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